South American Dates Announced

July 23, 2003 8:06 PM

New tour dates for South America have just been announced. They are as follows:

  • September 3, 2003: San Paulo, Brazil – Via Functal
  • September 4, 2003: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Jockey Club
  • September 7, 2003: Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio de los Deportes
  • September 8, 2003: Guadalajara, Mexico – La Concha Acustica

For more on what Coldplay has been up to, be sure to check out the new E-Zine, number 9, which was published today and is available to download from the Official Coldplay Website.

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2003 Panasonic Mercury Music Prize

July 22, 2003 6:27 PM

The following comes straight from Rolling Stone:

Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head and Radiohead's Hail to the Thief are the highest profile finalists for the 2003 Panasonic Mercury Music Prize, which celebrates the U.K.'s top album from the past year. Radiohead have been short-listed twice previously, Coldplay once...

The short list was determined by an independent panel of judges. The panel will reconvene on September 9th, the night of the Mercury Prize award show, to determine the winner.

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More on Chris' Run-In with the Paparazzi

July 22, 2003 1:17 AM

Yahoo News is running an article that sheds some more light on Chris' apparent run-in with a "paparazzo," as they put it. I've paraphrased the article below:

Martin was reportedly visiting Seven Mile beach Sunday near the northern town of New South Wales' Byron Bay when tabloid photographer Jon Lister snapped several digital photos of the singer surfing.

Martin eventually left the water and confronted Lister, 47, angrily demanding he erase the pictures. When the freelancer declined, the rocker purportedly grabbed a rock and smashed the windshield of Lister's car, then let the air out of his tires.

Needless to say, Martin's behavior has gotten him into a bit of trouble with the law.

While police have refused to identify Martin as the vandal in question, a spokesperson did confirm that a 26-year-old Brit was given an order to appear in Byron Bay local court on October 8 to face a charge of malicious damage for attacking Lister's car.

Lister later told the Daily Telegraph that the crooner's Sean Penn-like antics have only increased his allure among stalkerazzi eager to catch a glimpse of Martin with his Hollywood gal-pal.

"He's just made himself a bigger story than he ever was," Lister said. "It's just because he's Mr. Paltrow, otherwise we wouldn't be interested in him."

The photographer noted that he tried to make friends with Martin, complimenting him on catching a wave, but Martin instead attempted to snatch his camera and replied, "You're making my life a misery," before stalking off to vent his frustration on Lister's car.

"I was a bit intimidated. I was there all by myself," Lister said. "I'm waiting to hear from his lawyers."

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An Alleged Scuffle in Oz

July 20, 2003 4:33 PM

I never thought I'd see the day that Chris Martin would end up in court, but according to Australian news sources The Age and The Sunday Times, that day may be coming up very soon.

Chris is scheduled to appear in court later this year (October 8th) after allegedly attacking a photographer at Byron Bay on the Far North Coast of Australia.

Both news sources are a little sketchy on the details, but it sounds like Chris wasn't happy about being photographed while surfing, so he allegedly used a rock to smash the photographer's car windshield. He is also alleged to have let the air out of the photographer's tires.

Remember, none of this has been proven true yet, so wait a bit before jumping to any conclusions. It will be interesting to see how the situation really panned out, if there even was a situation to begin with.

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Live DVD in the Making?

July 20, 2003 4:24 PM

For those of you who are registered members of the discussion forum, this may come as old news, but Australia's Undercover is reporting that Coldplay is filming a live DVD down under set to be released at the end of this year:

Coldplay have chosen Australia to film their live DVD to be released later this year. The two Sydney shows will be filmed from Sydney's Hordern Pavillion.

Chris Martin explained in Melbourne that the Australian audience were hearing songs in the set-list that they hadn't played for a while to capture a better cross section of their music on the DVD.

In explaining the songs they were playing he said "we aren't like U2 or The Stones who can play hits back to back. We've only had two hits so you'll have to put up with all the shit ones in between".

One surprise on this tour is a cover of Louis Armstrong's classic 'What A Wonderful World'. However the lyrics were somewhat modified for the Aussie audience. "we don't like rain and we don't like thunder but we like to play concerts Down Under" went the second verse.

He also praised the crowd. "Everybody is particularly cool … except us" he said to the roar of the crowd.

Coldplay also added an additional person to their touring party early Saturday morning when Gwenyth Paltrow flew into Melbourne at 4.30am to accompany Martin on the remainder of the tour.

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